UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN COLLEGE OF LIFE SCIENCES AND MEDICINE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND DENTISTRY DIVISION OF APPLIED HEALTH SCIENCES LECTURER IN MOOD DISORDERS REF NO: MMH103A FURTHER PARTICULARS FOR APPLICANTS 1. THE POST Background An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Lecturer in the area of study of Mood Disorders to be located at the Clinical Research Centre within the Royal Cornhill Hospital site. Based in the Division of Applied Health Sciences (Section of Applied Clinical Sciences) within the School of Medicine and Dentistry, this new post provides an exciting opportunity to combine teaching and research. Results from the 2008 RAE Exercise reveal that 96% of the School of Medicine and Dentistry’s submitted research has been recognised as being of international quality. Furthermore, 73% of the School’s research submission to the 2008 RAE has been rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. 2. KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES The appointee will be responsible for the development of an externally funded research programme within themes compatible with the research programmes of the Division of Applied Health Sciences and will be expected to collaborate with other disciplines in developing international competitive research. The research will include presentation of research findings at scientific meetings and in peer-reviewed publications. You will be expected to be enthusiastic about teaching, as included in the role will be participating in teaching programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels (as appropriate). 3. ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE Knowledge PhD or equivalent in a related discipline BSc or equivalent in relevant discipline Skills The ability to establish and lead an independent research group as principal investigator. Able to develop collaborative links. Good interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral Evidence of experience in teaching. Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently. Experience Strong research background in areas of mental health, psychology, neuroscience or epidemiology. Track record of contribution to publications in peer-reviewed journals in area of Experience in writing scientific articles and grant applications. Proven ability to attract external research funds. 4. THE UNIVERSITY The University of Aberdeen, which was founded in 1495, has over 14,000 full-time matriculated students. The University is a world-class research-led centre of learning and teaching excellence. Coupled with these excellent results, the biological and medical researchers have a strong track record of grant income from the UK research councils, EU and medical charities. The University has two campuses. The King’s College Campus retains its medieval layout and village atmosphere, its fifteenth-century cathedral and its sixteenth-century university chapel. This heritage is fused with modern, state of the art facilities for research, learning and teaching, making it fit for purpose for the students of today. The Foresterhill campus is approximately 1.5 miles from King’s, a comfortable walk through leafy streets. The University currently employs more than 3900 staff including 1600 academics and has a turnover in excess of £200 million per annum (web site: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/). In total eleven of our research areas were ranked among the top 25% in the UK: Agriculture and Food Sciences, Computing Science, English Language and Literature, French, Health Services Research, History, Hospital Based Clinical Subjects, Pure Mathematics, Town and Country Planning, Sociology, Theology and Divinity and Religious Studies. The University's organisational and management structure operates within a devolved managerial and budget system. Academic units are grouped into three colleges: Arts and Social Sciences, Life Sciences and Medicine and Physical Sciences. 5. THE COLLEGE OF LIFE SCIENCES AND MEDICINE The College comprises the following five academic Schools, supported by the Graduate School: School of Biological Sciences (Head of School: Prof Chris Secombes) School of Medicine and Dentistry (Head of School: Prof Mike Greaves) School of Medical Sciences (Head of School: Prof Colin McCaig) School of Psychology (Head of School: Prof Peter McGeorge) The Rowett Institute for Nutrition and Health (Director: Professor Peter Morgan) Graduate School (Director of School: Dr Bernadette Connolly) The College of Life Sciences and Medicine was created in 2003 as part of organisational restructuring throughout the University. The College, led by Professor Neva Haites, Head of College, is home to over 3000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, and is internationally recognised as a research-led centre for teaching excellence and increasingly commercialisation. The College is run by the Head of College and Heads of School, who have line management responsibilities, with strategic direction and leadership provided by College Directors of Teaching and Research together with Directors of Research Institutes. The main driver for the creation of Colleges was to create organisational units large enough to provide managerial, budgetary and planning capacity to determine their own strategies and to manage their own finances at a high level. Within Colleges, structures have been created to support staff and to promote research and teaching collaborations. This also applies to working between the Colleges to ensure interdisciplinary work flourishes. The School of Medicine and Dentistry and School of Medical Sciences are co-located within two research institutes on the Foresterhill Medical Campus: the Institute of Applied Health Sciences and the Institute of Medical Sciences. The Schools of Biological Sciences (with its Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences) and Psychology are located a short distance away on the historic Old Aberdeen Campus, which houses the rest of the University. The College has benefitted from significant estate and infrastructure development in the past 10 years with refurbishments of its Polwarth, Cruickshank and Zoology buildings, the last incorporating a science teaching facility. New build projects have created the Institute of Medical Sciences, the Medical Research Facility, the Health Sciences Building, the deep sea facilities at Oceanlab 1 and 2 (phase 2 opening spring 2009), the Life Science Innovation building and the Suttie Centre for Teaching and Learning in Healthcare (opening summer 2009). Looking ahead, two new build projects are in planning, a new home at Foresterhill for the Rowett Research Institute that merged with the University in summer 2008 and, at an earlier stage, a new centre for environmental change research in a state-of-the-art building (The Bioplex) to be located adjacent to the University’s Cruickshank Botanic Gardens and incorporating public engagement with science activities. 6. THE CITY OF ABERDEEN With the population approaching 250,000, Aberdeen is big enough to provide all the advantages of city life, yet compact enough to enjoy the more intimate atmosphere usually associated with small towns. Aberdeen caters for a wide range of tastes in sporting and cultural activities. To find out more about Aberdeen and its surrounding area go to www.VisitScotland.com and click on Aberdeen on the map. 7. SALARY AND TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 7 salary scale (£36,532 - £43,622 per annum) with placement according to qualifications and experience. This appointment will be made subject to the usual terms and conditions of employment of the University. It is the policy of the University, in line with the Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003, to carry out Disclosure Scotland checks on all staff. Any offer of employment will be conditional on the completion of a satisfactory Disclosure Scotland check and employment will not commence until such a check has been satisfactorily completed. Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and Tier 2 visa. As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of financial maintenance and competency in English. Please do not hesitate to contact Fiona Smith, HR Adviser (firstname.lastname@example.org), for further information on this. 8. APPLICATION PROCEDURE Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Professor Ian Reid, (Tel: 01224 557950, e-mail: email@example.com) PLEASE DO NOT SEND CV’S OR APPLICATIONS FORMS TO THE SCHOOL OR PROFESSOR REID Online application forms and further information is available at www.abdn.ac.uk/jobs. If you are unable to submit an electronic application via our website, one copy of the application form, personal details form, curriculum vitae and covering letter should be completed and returned to : Human Resources University of Aberdeen University Office King’s College Aberdeen AB24 3FX. Please quote reference MMH103A on all correspondence. The closing date for the receipt of applications is 22 October 2009. The University pursues a policy of equal opportunities in the appointment and promotion of staff UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN PERSON SPECIFICATION POST NO: GRADE: 7 MMH103A TITLE: LECTURER IN MOOD DISORDERS COLLEGE/SCHOOL: SCHOOL OF MEDICINE & DENTISTRY DIVISION OF APPLIED HEALTH SCIENCES ESSENTIAL 1. EDUCATION/QUALIFICATIONS Academic, technical and professional education and training. 2. WORK AND OTHER RELEVANT EXPERIENCE (INCLUDING TRAINING) eg Specialist knowledge, levels of experience, skills, supervisory experience, research. PhD or equivalent in a related discipline BSc or equivalent in relevant discipline DESIRABLE Higher degree or qualification in relevant discipline 3. PERSONAL QUALITIES AND ABILITIES eg Initiative, leadership, ability to work on own or with others, communication skills. 4. OTHER eg Special circumstances (if any) appropriate to the job such as unsocial hours, travelling, physical requirements etc. Strong research background in areas of mental health, psychology, neuroscience or epidemiology. Track record of contribution to publications in peer-reviewed journals in area of Experience in writing scientific articles and grant applications. Proven ability to attract external research funds. The ability to establish and lead an independent research group as principal investigator. Able to develop collaborative links. Good interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral Evidence of experience in teaching. Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently. Prepared to visit GP practices in and around Grampian area Existing grant funding. Evidence of ability to develop independent research projects. Extensive teaching experience Qualification in teaching.